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John Quincy Adams' Adminstration

The first President who was the son of a President, John Quincy Adams in many respects paralleled the career as well as the temperament and viewpoints of his illustrious father. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1767, he watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn's Hill above the family farm. As secretary to his father in Europe, he became an accomplished linguist and assiduous diarist.
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Lesson Plans:

Amistad Slave Ship Mock Trials - Students will use primary documents to study the trials as a search for evidence and for justice. They will gain skills in public speakingand in organizing, reconciling, and critically evaluating various accounts and versions of the story. Additionally, they will explore 19th century law, both national and international.
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The Election is in the House: The Presidential Election of 1824
- The presidential election of 1824 represents a watershed in American politics. The collapse of the Federalist Party and the illness of the "official candidate" of the Democratic-Republicans led to a slate of candidates who were all Democratic-Republicans. This led to the end of the Congressional Caucus system for nominating candidates, and eventually, the development of a new two-party system in the United States.

Like Father Like Son: Presidential Families
- How unusual is it that a father and son become President of the United States? How often has this happened? Who were the families? Understand the role of the President of the United States and symbols of the presidency in the present.

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The Election is in the House: The Presidential Election of 1824 - The presidential election of 1824 represents a watershed in American politics. The collapse of the Federalist Party and the illness of the "official candidate" of the Democratic-Republicans led to a slate of candidates who were all Democratic-Republicans. This led to the end of the Congressional Caucus system for nominating candidates, and eventually, the development of a new two-party system in the United States. (map of the election of 1824)


Primary Source Documents:

John Quincy Adams: Our President's Adolescence - featuring ordinary and extraoridinary letters, diary entries, and parental advice from his father John Adams. At the center of the curriculum (or independent study) unit that follows is a series of primary documents, letters and diary entries selected from JQA’s first two decades. Each of the ten sections—which can be used singly, in any combination, or together.
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John Quincy Adams returns from Paris - Primary source letter from father John Adams to son John Quincy Adams during a diplomatic visit to France.
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